Released funding for A+ Scholarship program impacts Crowder Coll - KOAM TV 7

Released funding for A+ Scholarship program impacts Crowder College students

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released more than $5.6 million in withheld funding, $2 million of which, will go towards the state's A+ Scholarship program.

Sophomore Kylie Ehlers is one of more than 600 A+ Scholarship recipients at Crowder College.

Through the program, all of her tuition and facility use fees have been reimbursed.

"A+ is a great program because you don't have to worry about that money," Ehlers said.  "It's just a load off your mind, not having to worry about it."

The only requirements are that students work towards an associate degree or technical degree, keep their GPA up, and put in time tutoring.

For a while, college officials were not sure the funding for the program would be released.

"We were preparing for most students having to pay at least 4 hours of their tuition and facility use fee out of pocket," said Sarah Horine, A+ program coordinator.

Horine says it is still unknown as to whether students in the program will receive a full reimbursement this year, but believes the governor's recent release of funding will have a positive impact.

"Paying out of pocket for 4 hours, when you're used to having your tuition and facility use fees paid in full, can be a huge nightmare for some students," Horine said.  "Having that reduced, at any degree, is exciting."

Horine says the A+ program sometimes makes the difference in whether a student is able to attend Crowder.

"It could be a deal breaker for some, but it's also a moment where you either go into substantial debt, versus, doing a little tutoring and getting it taken care of," Horine said.

And that's the case for Ehlers, who says she will be grateful for any amount of reimbursement that comes through this year.

"I think it's just a wonderful program," Ehlers said. "I don't know what I'd do without it."

School officials will submit all of this semester's reimbursement requests by January.

Students will find out how much they are reimbursed sometime during the spring semester.
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